Northwest News

Oregon Gillnet Ban
6:21 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Oregon Gillnet Ban Proposal Makes November Ballot

A proposal to ban commercial gillnet fishing will be put before Oregon voters in November.
Chris Doley NOAA Restoration Center

Oregon voters will decide whether to ban commercial gillnet fishing this November.

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Sudanese Olympic Runner
6:31 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Northwest Runner Wants To Leverage Olympic Platform To Help South Sudan

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Athletes going to the London Olympics commonly have stories of overcoming adversity. But few can top African-born distance runner Lopez Lomong. The one time "Lost Boy" of Sudan relocated to the Portland area last year. He's running for Team USA, but hopes to leverage Olympic success into greater aid and attention for his former homeland. Correspondent Tom Banse introduces us.

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Duwamish River Pollution
6:27 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Seattle's Duwamish River, Part I

The upper part of the Duwamish River, seen from 119th Street in Tukwila, Wash.
Photo by Joe Mabel Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Seattle’s Duwamish River has been the industrial heart of the city for a century. It’s been straightened, filled and diked. During World War II thousands of airplanes were built there. Today cargo from around the world arrives in massive container ships, lining the mouth of the river. Industrial facilities dot its banks.

As part of EarthFix and Investigate West’s series on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Ashley Ahearn takes a look at the Duwamish River now – and how its future recovery could play out.

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Brando Beach
6:22 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Brando Beach: Washington’s Pension System Goes Tropical And Global

Marlon Brando’s private atoll Tetiaroa as seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Pacific Beachcomber

There’s a government office in Olympia where employees travel the globe and titans of Wall Street are regular visitors. The singer Bono even dropped in once, after a concert.

We’re talking about the Washington State Investment Board. Its job is to maximize returns on an $85 billion investment portfolio. To do that the Board invests in some very exotic places, as Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins found.

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Abortion Rally In Seattle
5:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Seattle Group Rallies For Idaho Woman Charged With Illegal Abortion

Jennie McCormack, a single mother in Pocatello, Idaho, was arrested for having an illegal abortion in 2011.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

An Idaho woman challenging her state’s anti-abortion laws has not received much attention from groups on either side of the abortion debate. But for the first time, one group is holding a rally to support her. It’s in Seattle Wednesday.

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Northwest Water Quality
4:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Poll Finds Water Quality NW Residents Top Concern

60 percent of people in the Northwest say they worry about the quality of drinking water.
Benutzer:Alex Anlicker Wikimedia Commons

A new public opinion poll finds that water quality ranks as Northwesterners’ top environmental concern.

DHM Research asked 1,200 residents in Washington, Idaho and Oregon about their environmental concerns. 60 percent said they worried about drinking water, and 54 percent said they were concerned about local lakes, rivers and streams. That result tracks with previous polls.

People said they were happy, overall, with the water that comes out of their tap.

DHM Research’s John Horvick says most survey respondents thought that water quality has not improved since the implementation of the Clean Water Act 40 years ago. He says that finding surprised him.

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Oregon Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate
4:37 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Increases Slightly

Oregon's unemployment rate increased slightly in June and now stands at 8.5 percent.

The increase is so slight, Oregon's Employment Department calls the rate "essentially unchanged." In fact, state economist Nick Beleiciks says there is some good news tucked in the numbers.

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Screening For PTSD
4:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Institute Recommends Yearly Screening For PTSD In Soldiers, Vets

At Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, returning soldiers are screened at set intervals starting a week after they return from oversees.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA / Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

A panel of experts is recommending that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder at least once a year. The report from The Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., was ordered by congress and funded by the Department of Defense.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
4:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Say Tsunami Debris Grants Not Enough

This map displays all possible tsunami debris sightings since December 2011. The red triangle designates confirmed sightings.
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest are asking the federal government to provide millions of dollars to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last year. But Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital that thus far the region is only eligible for thousands of dollars.

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